Building up the excitement over the upcoming Tuesday event, Apple has just added the official iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV. The channel will whet viewers' appetites with information on the performers as well as the festival itself in preparation for the big event to be held during SxSW this week.
There was a time when Barak Obama was defending NSA’s spying actions to the extent that he was supporting the team as patriots that were assigned “an extraordinarily difficult job.” In January this year, he shifted his tone to promise reforms that will assure individual privacy and by February, the White House was looking into four possible options for overhauling the NSA's phone-surveillance activities. At the recent SXSW talk by WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, we get to know of a different new theory about Obama’s plans.
This week at SXSW the LEGO presentation team have showed off and mentioned several new sets for the near future. In addition to suggesting that they’ll have more LEGO Movie sets in the near future, they’ve given glimpses of in-movie "history books" and Taco Tuesday. From what we understand of the LEGO Movie sets out on the market today, the team didn’t expect such a major response from moviegoers - they’ve been modest so far: there’s a lot more on the way.
Something really cool is going to happen at SXSW 2014 that has nothing to do with live music. Pennzoil is going to bring real world Nintendo Mario Kart racing to the music show with its Mario Karting Reimagined exhibition. The exhibition will put people being the wheel of real Mario Karts with powerups.
Apple has brought its iTunes Festival to the US for the first time, announcing that it will be streaming concerts across five nights at SXSW 2014 in March. Having run for several years as the iTunes Festival in London, the new US push for the free entertainment offer will be streamed to iTunes on PC and Mac, as well as to iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, and to the Apple TV.
Last month, Google showed off Glass with a demonstration of its user interface at SXSW, giving attendees an in-depth look at the device and how it works. Pieces and parts of the demonstration were revealed in videos recorded by some who attendend, but the entire thing wasn't available. Now Google has made the entire video available, which you can watch after the jump.
As the first edition so foretold, so too is there a second piece of this puzzle: Google's Project Glass appears to have been shown at South by Southwest this past week in at least one well-attended keynote. While we'd seen some relatively blurry looks at this particular showing late last week, this week we're seeing not one, but two relatively close-up versions of the presentation. While we've seen some still shots of the Glass device's basic UI before, here we get more in-depth with how Email, Skitch, and Evernote will work.
This past week it would appear that Google has been letting their Project Glass initiative off the leash a bit more freely as several user interface demonstration videos have appeared via South by Southwest. The videos you're about to see show some early third-party developer apps being previewed and a selection of native apps that will be appearing on the first edition of the hardware. This first edition is known as the Explorer Edition and will be arriving in developer hands soon.
Earlier at SXSW, Google showed off Glass, giving a demonstration of the device in use and providing developers with their first glimpse of the Mirror API. The demonstration showed the device being used to perform searches, take a photo, view the weather, share with Google+, and more. You can check out a video of the demonstration after the jump.
A lot of noteworthy news came out of SXSW this year, but under all of the chaos YouTube co-founder Chris Hurley revealed that he's planning on launching a new video streaming and sharing service that could rival YouTube. Hurley says he’s about a month away from launching his new platform, and he says the service will "give flexibility for people to work together and create content."